Intelligence Officers

Intelligence is at the heart of what MI6 does. It is the secret information that the British government requires to keep the country safe and prosperous.

As an Intelligence Officer your focus will be gathering, delivering and utilising intelligence. These are fascinating and unique roles. Whether working with government departments to identify the intelligence requirements, overseeing a targeting effort to develop an operation to gather the intelligence, meeting the agents overseas with access to the intelligence, or reporting the intelligence back to senior government Ministers you will be at the forefront of keeping this country safe and secure.

Your career will likely encompass all of these roles but you will not be assigned to any one until you have been through the initial induction course which will allow us to assess where your skills best lie. In your career you will also have the opportunity to work overseas, receiving language training where appropriate.

As your career develops you will have ample opportunities to broaden your skills and look to move into management and operational leadership positions.

You will receive a competitive salary (variable dependent on relevant experience) and also benefit from additional allowances, including child care support during training.

The Qualities we are looking For

The ideal candidate is probably not the obvious candidate.  We need individuals with a whole range of backgrounds and experiences to keep our organisation fresh and proactive.  We'll judge you solely by the value that you can add and the positive ways in which you can help to influence real-world outcomes.  The sort of qualities we are looking for are:

  • Real evidence of achievement, both in an academic setting and supplemented with work/life experience
  • A sharp intellect and analytical capability with an ability to link disparate data in order to draw conclusions
  • Sound judgment and the capability to operate with great levels of autonomy
  • A drive to acquire knowledge and absorb new learning across diverse range of subjects
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence.  The ability to understand, interact and connect with a diverse range of people is central to what we do and defines a good officer
  • An interest in foreign culture is essential and fluency in a foreign language is an advantage.

For candidates of exceptional ability there is the opportunity to be selected for our Fast Track managed programme.

Thinking Of Applying?

Applicants must be British nationals, aged 21 or older and are required to have, or expect to achieve, a minimum of a 2:1 degree.

You should only discuss your application with your partner or a close family member, as long as they are British. They should also be made aware of the need for discretion.

Contrary to some people's pre-conceptions, there isn't an MI6 'type'. The Service strives for diversity in the work place and is committed to the creation and maintenance of a climate in which all staff are treated fairly on the grounds of merit and ability.  We judge you solely by the value that you can add to our work. 

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